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The list author says: "Nothing is more gratifying than to run across a book that really just draws you in -- that's what all these titles did for me and I've read them all more than one time due to their elemental appeal and liquid pacing. Some are new, some are old, and all are fiction, representing various genres.

I've reviewed most of these books. I hope these works will yield up the same level of joy for you as they have for me."
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
"I only recently discovered this superb set of three novels, paginated in this edition as one book. This semi-gothic fantasy work is one of my top five reads of all time."
Hazard in Circassia (The Phillip Hazard Novels)
Hazard in Circassia (The Phillip Hazard Novels)
"An entire series of these Hazard novels are available but this one is the best -- read them in any order. Written by a British lady military officer."
Company of Liars: A Novel
Company of Liars: A Novel
"Fairly new, I was really drawn into this fine novel about a band of curious companions who communally flee the plague in England."
Appointment in Samarra: A Novel
Appointment in Samarra: A Novel
"Classic O'Hara -- egregious scandal in the fictional Gibbsville, Pennsylvania. You'll end up reading all his books."
Green Dolphin Street
Green Dolphin Street
"A man *accidentally* marries the wrong woman -- he discovers his error after she travels thousands of miles from England to New Zealand! Terrific high adventure."
Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal
Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal
"Doctor Hudson held the secret to total success and joyful happiness in life -- read the book and you'll have it too!"
Homer Price.
Homer Price.
"Yes, this is a kid's book and one of my all-time favorites. Homer Price, the kid  problem-solver [for adults], is fully equal to an American Jeeves. Hilarious!"
Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse)
Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse)
"And speaking of Jeeves, if you're into British wit, it never gets better than this."
The Siamese Twin Mystery
The Siamese Twin Mystery
"I've read every Ellery Queen book on the market (spanning many years!) and this one is tops for me. It's pretty old but still outstanding."
Murder Down Under
Murder Down Under
"A.K.A. "Mr. Jelly's Business" [British title] delves into a murder down under. I'll warn you, Upfield's Australian mysteries are highly addictive and one is nearly as good as the next."
The adventures of Captain Horn
The adventures of Captain Horn
"This late-19th Century adventure yarn is superb! It's a shipwreck-treasure hunt tale that takes place on the South American coastline. One of my top five ever."
A Severed Head
A Severed Head
"Murdoch gets off to a draggy start sometimes but not here! More illicit (and brief) love affairs than you can count."
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
"Lunatic, devious, riotous antics by bizarro members of The Beat Generation, all based upon real characters and events."
Dr.Fischer of Geneva
Dr.Fischer of Geneva
"A very fast read about a mean, rich father and his attempted domination of his new son-in-law. Classic Graham Greene."
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
"I'll assume that you've already read some Christie mysteries which feature her Magnum opus Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, prior to reading this one -- such knowledge lends gravity to this great surprise mystery."
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
"Oh! If you have failed to read this as yet then you're missing out on a huge treat. It was targeted for children while 'The Lord of the Rings' was penned for adults (the latter being a much lengthier, darker work, but still tremendous!)"
Deadeye Dick: A Novel
Deadeye Dick: A Novel
"Watch out! Deadeye Dick the armed pharmacist will plink off your wife! Darkly hilarious -- classic Vonnegut."
Elephant Hill
Elephant Hill
"This terrific novel has fallen off the radar but it's just as superb as the day it was published. An award-winner in its day."
The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger
"Check out my review before grabbing this new release -- a few people [who were looking for a horror story] hated it but not me!"
The Seamstress: A Novel
The Seamstress: A Novel
"Great new stuff. We don't see many historical novels about South America but this one is for keeps. It's sort of long but you won't lay it aside very often."
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
"Here's a new edition of the classic work. If you've yet to read it you'll find that it's a flawless novel. It's all about a man's tumultuous life during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Totally captivating."
The German Woman
The German Woman
"You will NEVER correctly anticipate where this story is going. It represents the very best in current fiction. Kudos to Griner!"
The Daughter of Time
The Daughter of Time
"Tey is very addictive. She was taken from us prematurely and her literary legacy is somewhat limited... but what she did leave us is 100% first-class! This mystery is on the cutting edge."
Taps for Private Tussie
Taps for Private Tussie
"All Appalachian natives know who Jesse Stuart was -- for me, this hilarious novel was his most significant fictional work."
As I Lay Dying (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
As I Lay Dying (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"If you consume this one (and you surely will if you begin reading it) then you're certain to subsequently read Faulkner's 'Snopes Trilogy' of old-timey Mississippi peccadillos."
Mr. Moto's Three Aces
Mr. Moto's Three Aces
"The fictional Mr. Moto (Japanese) lost out to Charlie Chan (Chinese), all due to the outbreak of World War II! But I actually enjoy Mr. Moto much better. Marquand was a Master of literary art."
Tortilla Flat (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Tortilla Flat (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"Some would say that this is a minor Steinbeck work but its appeal for light fiction readers is off the chain. Very funny."
The Enchanted Wanderer
The Enchanted Wanderer
"An aged monk (of sorts) spins a yarn of his life to entertain fellow boat travelers... and what a tale it is!"
Mrs. 'Arris goes to Moscow
Mrs. 'Arris goes to Moscow
"If you enjoy SUPER-light humorous fiction then this one will suit you -- all the Mrs. 'Arris stories are absolute gems."
Hadji Murad
Hadji Murad
"Cossack adventures during rebellious times. Tolstoy is straightforward and compelling in this quick read. Watch out for bargain-priced (inferior) translations!"
The blue dog, and other fables for the French
The blue dog, and other fables for the French
"This children's book was written by a young French girl and these yarns will bowl you clean over. Totally unique. Translated into English by Gertrude Stein's life companion, Alice B. Toklas."
A Surfeit of Lampreys
A Surfeit of Lampreys
"An aristocrat murder case which moves along much more swiftly than the typical Marsh mystery. The Lampreys are a family."
Death in the Andamans
Death in the Andamans
"If this is one of Kaye's more obscure works, it's still my favorite. An excellent mystery!"
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"The Robert Redford film was long and boring but Fitzgerald hit a grand slam here. Antics of the rich during the Flapper era."
True At First Light: A Fictional Memoir
True At First Light: A Fictional Memoir
"This book was postumously published and it's not so in-your-face as were most of Hemingway's works. I seriously doubt that he would ever have approved its publication but it's an astonishingly savory read."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"This one has become *literature* but I most enjoyed the unending liquid pace and the historical [war] setting."
The Way of All Flesh (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Way of All Flesh (Dover Thrift Editions)
"If you're into reading fictional life experiences then you could hardly do better than this one. Few people know of it and that's what makes it such a treasure!"
Oblomov
Oblomov
"Funny, bizarre, tragic, amorous... this story of a Russian aristocrat who simply wishes to live out his life on the couch has it all. His serf-servant, Zhakar, is timeless. One of my top five favorite novels."
Dead Souls
Dead Souls
"Part II of this book (found in this edition) remains unfinished -- but don't let that bother you. You'll be completely gratified by the book's conclusion, a story about a Russian con man who buys the souls of dead serfs from their greedy masters."
Train Man
Train Man
"I'm not typically a huge fan of contemporary thrillers but I do love the works of P.T. Deutermann and I feel that this is his finest work. Don't miss it!"